Gray clouds, rain showers, snow flurries and sleet.
No, we're nottalking about winter. We're describing spring, 1992-style. Hopefully, April will be a kinder and gentler month.
However, the temperature outside isn't our only cause for concern. For months, the economic climate has been bleak, and many people anxious to work have been without jobs.
But, today, there's excellent news for those who are unemployed.
More than 20 employers will be present at the fourth annual Job Fair, from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.
The fair is open to everyone, and these companies are ready to hire, so bring your resume and be prepared to apply for a job.
Among the potential employers will be representatives from the FBI, the U.S. Naval Academy, Smelkinson/Sysco, Leedmart, University of Maryland, the McDonalds regional office, Social Security and several local banks.
The fair is co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities and the Maryland Department of Economic and CommunityDevelopment.
For further information, contact Harold Ross at 787-2335.
Sunday is the last chance this school year to order those popular cold-cut subs freshly prepared by the Severna Park High School Band Boosters.
The subs, at $3 each, will be delivered to your door on April 11. Proceeds will finance band trips and instrument and uniform repair.
To order, call 544-0493, 544-2017 or 647-7459.
In July, a regulation that most people thought was already a law takes affect: Kindergarten becomes mandatory in Anne Arundel County.
If your child will turn 5 by Dec. 31, you should register him or her April 6-9.
Bring your child's original birth certificate and immunization records to registration. You will receive a health form to be completed by your family doctor.
Jones Elementary School is planning an open house for all its new kindergarten parents and children at 1 p.m. May 19.
For further information on what your neighborhood elementary school is planning, call: Jones, 647-0770; Arnold,757-2440; Belvedere, 647-3773; Benfield, 647-3728; Broadneck, 757-7007; Folger McKinsey, 647-4565; Millersville, 987-5366; Oak Hill, 647-2409; Severna Park, 647-3890; and Shipley's Choice, 987-2506.
A normally noisy, cavernous gymnasium will be converted into a special, off-Broadway theater at 7:30 p.m. April 9-10, when Severna Park Middle School students present the hysterically funny musical "Little Shop of Horrors."
The production will be directed by parent Kevin Wheatley, whose daughter, Kelly, is the student director.
Kathy Gabriele, SPMS chorus teacher, explains that they are attempting to create a theatrical atmosphere for the audience of parents and guests, anight for dressing up a little and going to the theater.
Admission is $3 per person.
Ever tasted an onion sweet enough to munch on like an apple? Then you're already a fan of the Vidalia onion.
The Severn River Lions Club is taking orders until April 18 for 10-pound bags of onions for $10 each.
Orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Severna Park High School.
To order, call 647-9645, 647-4551, 647-3863 or 647-3253.
High school students, their families and friends are invited to Anne Arundel County Community College for a spring open house.
College-bound students may choose evening hours, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, or daytime, from 10a.m. to noon April 18.
Learn about AACC admission policies, programs of study, career planning and financial aid, and then explore campus facilities on a guided tour.
For reservations, call the admissions office at 541-2246.
AACC is also offering a free after-schoolprogram to introduce students to the possibilities of a technical career.
The technical education program meets from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m.Mondays through Thursdays, May 11-22.
"We want to eliminate the misconception that only geniuses can be scientists, engineers and technicians," says Will Mumford, past president of the Maryland Association of Higher Education and project director and chairman of the college engineering and technologies division.
Applications for the program, which is limited to 20 students, are now being accepted. For details, call 541-2777 or contact your high school guidance office.
Severn School has several competitive financial aid awards available for the 1992-1993 academic year.
All new students applying for grades nine-12 are eligible. The awards are granted on the basis offinancial need, academic achievement, personal character and extracurricular and athletic involvement.
In order to qualify for the next test, students must submit applications before the 9 a.m. April 11 test date.
For more information, contact Molly Green, director of admissions, at 544-9439.
Chesapeake Academy, the same school that gave us costumed "Teddy Bears on Parade," recently conducted itssecond annual "Donuts With Dad."